Luke Hughes can't remember a time in his life when he wasn't playing hockey. The sport is in his blood as both of his parents, Jim and Ellen, played the sport at the collegiate level. So, getting their three boys - Quinn, Jack, Luke - on the ice was a given.
"I always remember being on the ice (starting) when I was 2 years old," Luke, the youngest Hughes brother, told the Speak of the Devils podcast. "I started really young. I was pushed in there by my parents and brothers, always wanting to get better and growing the passion and love for the game. You always remember some battles and mini sticks, outdoor rinks, all that, some of the memories you have."
Even though Jim and Ellen played hockey - Ellen won a silver medal with Team USA at the 1992 World Championship - they encouraged their boys to try every sport and follow their heart in deciding what they loved. Fittingly, all shared the same passion for hockey and all became first-round picks in the NHL Draft.
"I played every sport growing up," Luke said. "I played baseball. I played soccer, lacrosse, track and field, cross country, volleyball, basketball. I played everything growing up. I always knew hockey was the goal. Hockey was my favorite sport. It was my passion and where I wanted to lead my life."
Here are some of the highlights of the discussion:
- His draft day and Jack's reaction to his selection by New Jersey
- Getting ready for college at Michigan
- Looking for to freshman life and athletics
- His fantasy football team and league against his brothers
- Which Hughes brother is best (and worst) at fantasy football
- His injury update and junior camp
- Off-ice hobbies and musical taste